Radcliffe admits being drunk during "Harry Potter" scenes

LOS ANGELES Fri Feb 3, 2012 1:51pm EST

Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe walks the red carpet during the grand opening celebration for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studio Resort in Orlando, Florida June 16, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe walks the red carpet during the grand opening celebration for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studio Resort in Orlando, Florida June 16, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Daniel Radcliffe admitted he was drunk while filming some scenes for the "Harry Potter" movies during a period in his life where he was drinking "nightly," the young star said in an interview.

"I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem. People with problems like that are very adept at hiding it. It was bad. I don't want to go into details, but I drank a lot and it was daily - I mean nightly," Radcliffe said to British celebrity news magazine Heat earlier this week.

"I can honestly say I never drank at work on 'Harry Potter.' I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work. I can point to many scenes where I'm just gone. Dead behind the eyes," the 22-year-old actor said.

The young British star, who was propelled to fame at 11-years-old after being cast to play boy wizard Harry Potter in the movies based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels, discussed his "very busy personality" and also talked about his production-assistant girlfriend, who he said was "a wonderful, wonderful girl, who's far too good for me."

"I can also be quite insecure. A lot of actors have self-doubt. I live under that the whole time, and it's how I function best. I think she puts up with a lot; she says she doesn't," said Radcliffe.

The "Harry Potter" star, who has received critical praise for his theater work in the Broadway and West End productions "Equus" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,"

is currently on the promotional rounds for his film, "The Woman in Black," out in U.S. theaters on Friday.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Comments (8)
nwfriend wrote:
Dreadful movie, really. It drags on Pender-like and plays out like a bad cinematic version of a campfire ghost story. Best for children only.

Feb 03, 2012 3:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JackNY wrote:
Well it just goes to show what a darn good actor he is. No one watching those movies knew he was drunk, and at least he has the courage to admit his mistakes and take ownership for them.

Feb 03, 2012 3:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
akcoins wrote:
First Pat Sajak and Vanna White. My God what next? Betty White drunk during the whole golden girls series?

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